Why do it yourself

The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) ethic is punk. Zinesters participate in DIY through a network of independent publishers, distributors, writers, artists, musicians, and political activists among others. With an “out there” or "in your face" attitude, DIY promotes an ethic that demands freedom from the control and ubiquity of large national and multinational corporations. DIY counters corporate culture, industrialization and mass consumption through small scale enterprise.

Create your own

There are numerous source materials advising potential zinesters about how to create zines and the costs associated with them. The Punk and DIY ethic of zines is communicated through how-to zines such as stolen sharpie revolution: A DIY ZINE RESOURCE BY Alex Wrekk

Look in your library book for a zine


Distributing and promoting zines occurs through the DIY network. No cost strategies include:

  • leaving them in public places,
  • placing them in library books,
  • trading at zine symposiums,
  • selling by consignment through independent commercial outlets,
  • selling by consignment through zine distributors or “distros”, and
  • selling by consignment or on loan through zine libraries.

Many DIY publications include notices by zinesters advertising that they have zines for sale or trade.

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Tools of the trade

Equipped with staplers, X-Acto knives, scissors, glue, pencils, pens, paper, etc.; zinesters create a world of independent thought and artistic uniqueness.

Zines are an art and literary form that embody DIY ideals of "using what you have."  This could mean using the old office and art supplies laying around one's home, or forming zinester collectives to share materials and equipment.  This is what makes zines so unique and personal, but at the same time creates a community who shares the late night glue stick and pen in the challenges of creation.

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